Hot Stone Massage – Warm Up!

Hot Stone Massage – Warm Up!

If there is one thing about the winter we dread, it’s the below freezing days where we feel chilled to the bone. You know, the ones where it’s seemingly impossible to warm up no matter what we try – running a hot bath, drinking tea, you name it. We’re shivering just at the thought! The idea of de-robing for a Massage treatment can sound like a cruel joke! Whether you are prone to cold hands, winter colds, or are just looking for an hour of relaxation and a chance to warm up, a therapeutic Hot Stone Massage is the perfect cure for your winter blues. What is Hot Stone Massage? Hot Stone Massage is a type of Massage that incorporates the use of heated stones to warm tight muscles. The stones, which are not scalding hot but toasty warm, are placed in various places on your body including your back, stomach, chest, palms and feet. While this type of Massage is perhaps best known for its comforting and relaxing nature – don’t fear. Your muscles won’t be missing out on that deep TLC they crave. By using hot stones to heat and relax your muscles, your RMT will actually be able to work your muscles more deeply while applying less pressure. Many Massage Therapy benefits are elevated thanks to the heat. Stay Warm this Winter It might go without saying that indulging in a Hot Stone Massage is the perfect remedy for those undeniably cold winter days. Some things are simply better when they’re warm: yoga, chicken soup, and even Massage Therapy! The heat of the stones is deeply...
Massage For Stress Reduction

Massage For Stress Reduction

September is here and with it comes a new month, a new season and a new school year! Before your mind wanders to your impending to-do list and you suddenly find yourself flooded with the routine stress that comes with this time of year, let’s take a step back and focus on a little you time. Because fall can be a particularly stressful time, we like to dedicate September to talking about how Massage Therapy can help with stress reduction! It’s important to remember that each of us can either allow stress to negatively impact our health or we can focus on ways to successfully cope with the inevitable stressors in our lives. Tightness & Tension Headaches Some common complaints our RMTs address are stiffness and soreness in the upper back and neck, along with tension headaches. These symptoms are usually connected, and highlight a typical response to stress taken on by the body. Have you ever noticed how your neck and shoulder muscles hunch and your face tenses and contracts when stressed? These muscle strains in our upper bodies often lead to the physical symptoms associated with stress. Trigger Points & Massage Massage Therapy can be beneficial for managing stress because it helps to relieve tight muscles that cause discomfort and promotes overall relaxation. Trigger points that send referral pain to another area of the body can occur within any muscle due to tension and stress. For example, trigger points under the back of your skull and around your jawline can sometimes cause referral headaches. Feel for yourself – place gentle pressure on your cheekbones, just under your...